If you like me watched the Tottenham v Chelsea match Saturday afternoon you will have seen a Fernando Torres playing like he was the best striker in the world, and not some player the fans still winged about after having paid Liverpool £50 two years ago for a striker that never lived up to his reputation.
From what I saw yesterday it was the Torres of old, he looked deadly while on the ball and even though he did not score his passion in the game earned him a red card in the 1-1 draw which he should never had received thanks in part to the play acting from Tottenham’s Jan Vertonghen when he and Torres both went up for a 50/50 ball.
No love was lost between Torres and the Spurs defender during the game, and many people will say the red card was justice being done after the 29-year-old Torres scratched the Belgium in the face earlier on in the match.
Could Jose Mourinho be the man who deserves the credit for the rebirth of Torres, who on his arrival back at Stamford Bridge looked like one of the players that Mourinho wanted to sell, yet it was the Spaniards determination to prove to Mourinho that he still had the fight left in him and the desire to win that changed the Portuguese managers mind giving that start at White Hart Lane to Torres over Samuel Eto’o.
Perhaps Torres just needs to get angry in order to play good, and as you saw in yesterday’s match the personal rivalry between him and Vertonghen was the catalyst needed to bring back his fighting spirit and desire to score goals.
Even another player that had been marginalised since Mourinho’s arrival, Juan Mata came on in the second half to deliver not only some beautiful balls for Torres, but also the cross to provide John Terry with the header that gave Chelsea a point.
It was like watching Torres when he was playing for Liverpool constantly peeling off players as he waited for the ball to be slotted through from Gerrard or Alonso, a hungry Torres that we have not seen in a long time.
If I was Mourinho I saw enough from Torres yesterday to make me want to make him the centre of my team, and certainly enough from Mata to wonder why I had not been playing him.
If the Chelsea boss keeps Torres angry and hands charge of the midfield to Mata you are going to see a Chelsea side go from strength to strength where they can repeat yesterday’s second half performance which was absolutely brilliant.